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Dandemutande (which means 'spiderweb' in Shona) is an excellent source for those of you who love Zimbabwean marimba and mbira music and related arts. Though it focuses on Zimbabwe, Dandemutande really covers a broad spectrum of African music. I've seen articles on South African politics; building marimba and mbira; tunings; how to play the instruments; notation; upcoming concerts and events; and all kinds of related articles. They also have an excellent selection of CD's, books, and even instruments available through mail order.

It's a labor of love by editor Paul Novitski, the site is full of articles on the music, the musicians, and their instruments; a monthly calendar of musical events worldwide; a resource guide listing performers, teachers, instrument makers, etc.; and a mail order catalog offering books, recordings, films, and art.

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